Kanye West and music publisher EMI have finally agreed to settle their legal battle, The Blast reports. According to court documents obtained yesterday, the disagreement has now come to an end and will be finalized in the next 90 days.
News that West had filed a lawsuit against EMI first broke back in January, alongside news that he was also taking action against a combination of his label affiliates, Roc-A-Fella Records, UMG Recordings, Def Jam, and Bravado International Group. West's aim was to "obtain his freedom" from all his existing publishing commitments.
West had cited California Labor Code section 2855, which stated that “personal service contracts” cannot exceed a seven-year period. The artist had been working with EMI since 2003, which more than doubled the maximum time limit.
Additionally, his EMI contract essentially made West unable to legally retire. His contract stipulated that, "At no time during the Term will you seek to retire as a songwriter, recording artist or producer or take any extended hiatus during which you are not actively pursuing Your musical career in the same basic manner as You have pursued such career to date.”
In March, EMI hit back, counter-suing West for a breach of contract. The suit claimed that West's contract specified that any objections must follow New York Law. As West had filed his case in California, EMI said that the artist's legal team had “flagrant attempt to forum shop his way around,” adding that the agreements “remain in full force and effect in their entirety.”